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Clutch Cargo - TV Shows
A truly bizarre cartoon utilizing "Synchro-Vox", a curious innovation wherein the lower areas of the characters' faces are left blank and the lips of a real person speaking the dialog are superimposed there. Rarely seen today (I recall it from nearly forty years ago when TBS ran it about 5AM). There was a sci-fi cartoon, "Space Angel", from the same era, which also utilized "Synchro-Vox". It either boned from the start or never did, but it is weird to watch. (There are some clips on youtube). -- Submitted By: (jgf) on May 29, 2014, 4:19 pm

Dr. Phil - TV Shows
He has no background in economics but advises people on finances and budgets. He has no background in nutrition but advises people on diets and fitness. He has no background as a therapist but his show revolves around him counseling people. (His background is a "litigation specialist" - he advises attorneys on whether witnesses are truthful.) And he is a pompous a@@ who judges everyone on his show by his own ultra-conservative attitudes. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on May 29, 2014, 4:09 pm

All in the Family - TV Shows
Always enjoyed this show, til Mike and Gloria left. But felt the writers resorted to that hoary old "bring in a baby" when they ran out of ideas. In this show that plot gimmick was completely out of character for Mike and Gloria (Gloria was on the pill and Mike had considered a vasectomy and constantly said he did not want children). -- Submitted By: (jgf) on May 29, 2014, 4:02 pm

Price Is Right, The - TV Shows
One thing I hate about this show is that it is so flagrantly about marketing, not the game. The announcer will spend just as much time describing a can of soup as a new car (and why always specify a "NEW" car? have they ever given away a used car?). But my major complaint is the inequity of the bidding - the last bidder has all the options. If they think everyone else has overbid, they just say "one dollar". And I despise those idiots who pay no attention to the bidding at all, they're mugging for the camera, waving at friends in the audience, etc., often with their back to the stage; when it's their turn, "oh! I'm sorry, what was the highest bid?" - "the highest bid is 22 million dollars" - "I bid 22 million and one, Drew!" They should give each contestant a keypad so they enter their bids simultaneously. (BTW, I assume we're discussing the current daytime show, not the much better prime time show hosted by Bill Cullen fifty years ago.) -- Submitted By: (jgf) on May 29, 2014, 3:56 pm

Mama's Family - TV Shows
A group of lowbrow, irritating, obnoxious people yelling at each other for twenty minutes. No entertainment value at all, much less humor. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on May 29, 2014, 3:34 pm

M*A*S*H - TV Shows
While I still enjoy all seasons of MASH, for me there was too much change with the departure of Radar. The worst - Klinger becomes company clerk and goes from an amusing and sympathetic character to an obnoxious, greedy conman who even tries to fleece his friends. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on May 29, 2014, 3:32 pm

Happy Days - TV Shows
Jumped/boned big time when the focus, and premise, of the show shifted from three 1950's high school pals to their stereotyped, but extremely PC, greaser friend. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on May 29, 2014, 3:24 pm

Olympics, The - TV Shows
The Olympics haven't jumped, or boned. But we don't need TV coverage twelve hours a day for a week, to the exclusion of everything else! Do we get full coverage of the 24 Hrs of LeMans? No, they tape that and give us a two hour highlight program a week later. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on May 29, 2014, 3:18 pm

Late Show with David Letterman - TV Shows
I enjoyed Letterman as a stand-up comic and looked forward to his late night show. So disappointing! His humor became silly and sophomoric, and I was often at a loss as to what the humor was even supposed to be. Other than an occasional random episode, I've not watched in 25 years. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on May 29, 2014, 3:10 pm

Laverne & Shirley - TV Shows
To enjoy any program there must be someone likeable, someone you want to "root for". This is one of those shows which contain no likeable characters, just a bunch of obnoxious, disagreeable oafs you don't at all care about. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on May 29, 2014, 2:58 pm

Frasier - TV Shows
This show lost its focus and went downhill rapidly once Niles was free to pursue Daphne. Much of the original humor derived from Niles unrequited love for Daphne, evident to everyone except her, and to the hilarious references to the always unseen Maris. In the span of just a few episodes they removed all of this. Then the writers, now completely bereft of creativity, resorted to that hoary old sitcom ploy of bringing in a baby; in this case unrealistically and against character having Roz get pregnant. Daphne also changed drastically during this time; gone was the cute, sweet young lady with the beautiful long hair, attractive dresses, and humorous sarcasm... replaced by a mean-spirited harridan wearing pants and short hair. To complete this trainwreck, they parade Daphne's relatives every other episode; these people were not characters but caricatures, so obnoxious and distasteful that any episode in which they appear is virtually unwatchable. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on May 29, 2014, 2:51 pm

Battlestar Galactica 1978 - TV Shows
"Starring Lorne Greene", who got about ten seconds of air time per episode. Other sci-fi shows at least tried to make us feel they took place in a future place and time; Cattlecar Galactica looked like they grabbed a busload of people from the nearest disco and dropped them onto a sci-fi set. And, in a sci-fi program, a lead character named "Starbuck"? (were the writers enamored of "The Jetsons"?) I am a long time sci-fi fan, but could never even sit through one episode of this. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on May 29, 2014, 2:34 pm

Star Trek - Movie Series
JJ Abrams makes a Star Trek movie. And the result is "Frat Boys in Space". Honestly, has anyone involved in these Abrams abominations ever even seen an episode of Star Trek? I have the impression Abrams was given a list of Star Trek nomenclature and character names then given carte blanche to make whatever movie he wanted using those. Bears no other relation to anything else in the accepted Star Trek canon. Abrams not only boned the fish but flushed it down the drain. The weakest episode of TOS is magnitudes better than this garbage. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on May 29, 2014, 2:25 pm

Star Wars - Movie Series
Take your average Saturday morning cartoon, give it live action and an exorbitant budget, and you get this. Great special effects. But absolutely nothing else. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on May 29, 2014, 2:17 pm

Dark Shadows - TV Shows
Combine one part classic vampire movie and one part typical soap opera, add cheesy production and unknown actors, place on prime time schedule twice a week, and you get this odious drivel. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on May 29, 2014, 2:14 pm

Sanford and Son - TV Shows
Redd Foxx is one the the great stand up comics. But Fred Sanford was an obnoxious old reprobate who offended and insulted everyone around him ...not in a funny way. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on February 28, 2012, 9:38 pm

CSI - TV Shows
Just how many versions must we tolerate? Will we tune in one day to find "CSI: Hooterville"? Is Hollywood completely bereft of creativity now? -- Submitted By: (jgf) on February 28, 2012, 9:33 pm

George Lopez - TV Shows
His stereotyped portrayal of Latin-American men sets their cause back at least fifty years. Distasteful, disrespectful, and not funny. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on February 28, 2012, 9:29 pm

Hazel - TV Shows
This show stunk from the start, simply because it so often used an odious plot device I've come to call "The Hazel Syndrome" (or "The Law of Instant Expertise"). This is that ridiculous situation in which someone like Hazel is always an expert in the current plot twist; for example, if the guest star is a baseball player, Hazel will be able to strike him out easily; if he's a pool shark, she will run the table every time; if he's a poker player, she'll bankrupt him ...even though no mention is made of such abilities in any other episode. Not to mention this show set a standard for overbearing, interfering maids which persists to this day. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on February 28, 2012, 9:25 pm

Access Hollywood - TV Shows
While I cannot fathom why, if you've any interest in who's dating who, in who's wearing what, or who's living in whose house ...I guess you would like this show. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on February 28, 2012, 9:14 pm

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